The Weeknd Dawn FM: does Jim Carrey feature on the new album? Tracklist, reviews and how to listen

The album, which features the likes of Tyler The Creator and Lil Wayne, has been called ‘2022’s first great album’

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The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has officially launched his fifth studio album Dawn FM. The new album comes after the release of his 2020 album After Hours, which was certified as double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

This is everything you need to know about the new album - including what reviews are saying, and where you can listen to it.

What’s the tracklist?

The tracklist for Dawn FM goes as follows:

  • Dawn FM
  • Gasoline
  • How Do I Make You Love Me?
  • Take My Breath
  • Sacrifice
  • A Tale By Quincy
  • Out of Time
  • Here We Go… Again (feat. Tyler The Creator)
  • Best Friends
  • Is There Someone Else?
  • Starry Eyes
  • Every Angel is Terrifying
  • Don’t Break My Heart
  • I Hear You’re Married (feat. Lil Wayne)
  • Less Than Zero
  • Phantom Regret by Jim 

While the album features some names you’d expect, like Tyler The Creator and Lil Wayne, there is one surprising guest that fans might not have been prepared to make an appearance.

Dawn FM features comedian Jim Carrey, known for roles in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Mask, Ace Ventura and more recently, Sonic the Hedgehog.

The actor and the musician bonded over their shared love of telescopes (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)The actor and the musician bonded over their shared love of telescopes (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
The actor and the musician bonded over their shared love of telescopes (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

In an interview with GQ magazine, the Canadian singer talked about his first meeting with Carrey, on his 30th birthday party.

He said: “On my 30th birthday, he surprised me. He just pulled up to my crib and took me to breakfast.

“He lived literally like two buildings down from me. He had a telescope, and I had a telescope.

“He was like, “Where do you live? What floor do you live on?” I was like, blah blah blah, and we looked out the windows on our telescopes and we could see each other.”

What are the reviews saying?

Dawn FM has been released to largely positive reviews from critics and fans alike, with the Los Angeles Times’ pop music critic Mikael Wood describing it as “2022’s first great album”.

Roisin O’Connor, from the Independent, awarded the album four out of five stars, and called it “darkly shimmering”.

O’Connor says: “Dawn FM comes in the wake of 2020’s After Hours, The Weeknd’s moody, superbly conceived work that melded his love of cinema with ominous, Giorgio Moroder-style electronic beats.

“Now he’s delving into the darkly shimmering, Eighties synthpop world of Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, helped by Scandipop producer gods Max Martin, Oscar Holter and Swedish House Mafia.”

The Weeknd accepting the Male Artist of the Year onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)The Weeknd accepting the Male Artist of the Year onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
The Weeknd accepting the Male Artist of the Year onstage at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Will Dukes, from NME, also gave Dawn FM four out of five stars, calling it “less brooding and decadent” than the usual offerings from the Weeknd, but still “a refreshingly light and accessible listen”.

Joining the four star club is David Smyth from the Evening Standard, who said that The Weeknd “doubles down on pop in his latest album with resounding success”.

Smyth adds: “On Dawn FM, [The Weeknd’s] reached his pop prime.”

How can I listen to Dawn FM?

The Weeknd dropped Dawn FM on Friday 7 January, following the release of a cryptic music trailer.

The album, described by The Weeknd as a “sonic experience”, is available to listen to on all major streaming platforms, like Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music. Official audios for all the songs have also been released on The Weeknd’s YouTube channel.

The Weeknd performing during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Weeknd performing during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Weeknd performing during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alternatively, fans of the artist can purchase physical copies of the album from The Weeknd’s online store, including signed CD’s, vinyls and even cassette tapes.

Other merchandise available includes Dawn FM t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and hats.

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